MASON COUNTY — With a voter turnout of 60.15 percent, 11,283 ballots were cast in the general election in Mason County, as of Tuesday night. This unofficial total includes early voting and absentee/mail-in ballots received prior to Election Day.
What this count does not include are provisional ballots and any remaining absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by the start of the election canvass set for 9 a.m., this Monday, Nov. 9 at the Mason County Courthouse.
According to the office of Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley, as of Wednesday afternoon, there had been 143 total provisional ballots cast during the general election and roughly 100 absentee ballots that were requested had not been returned as of Election Night. Cromley did report five absentee ballots, which had been postmarked by Nov. 3, were received by her office on Wednesday.
Those 143 provisional ballots will need to go through the process of being verified and it’s unclear how many of those roughly 100 absentee/mail-in ballots will be received (with the appropriate postmark, within the allotted time frame) in order to be tabulated into the final results, which will be announced following Monday’s canvass.
The closest county race was the race for County Commission, with 70 votes separating Incumbent Rick Handley and challenger Thomas “Tommy” Mayes. Handley currently has 5,510 votes and Mayes has 5,440 votes.
The following are unofficial results as voted upon by Mason County voters from county to congressional races.
Unofficial results for county races:
County Assessor: Incumbent Ron Hickman (D) received 5,214 votes, challenger Aimee Duncan (R) received 5,719 votes.
County Commission: Incumbent Rick Handley (D) received 5,510 votes, challenger Thomas “Tommy” Mayes (R) received 5,440 votes.
Prosecuting Attorney: Seth Gaskins (R) received 5,779 votes and Tanya Handley (D) received 5,073 votes.
County Sheriff: Robert E. “Rob” Fruth (I) received 909 votes, Corey J. Miller (R) received 6,071 votes, Ronnie Spencer (D) received 3,976 votes.
Jonathan Blaine received 8,103 votes in the race for Surveyor.
Unofficial levy results
Levy to benefit all fire departments, EMS, PSD — 6,644 yes votes, 3,794 no votes.
Unofficial results for state and congressional races:
U.S. Senate: Incumbent Shelley Moore Capito (R) 8,352 votes, Paula Jean Swearengin (D) 2,319 votes, David Moran (LBN) 315 votes.
U.S. House: Incumbent Carol Miller (R) 7,680, Hilary Turner (D) 2,894 votes.
Governor: Incumbent Jim Justice (R) 7,460, Ben Salango (D) 2,877, Erika Kolenich (LBN) 261 votes; Daniel P. “Danny” Lutz Jr. (MTN) 124 votes.
Auditor: Incumbent JB McCuskey (R) 7,206 votes, Mary Ann Claytor (D) 3,180 votes.
Attorney General: Incumbent Patrick Morrisey (R) 7,087 votes, Sam Petsonk (D) 3,630 votes.
Treasurer: Incumbent John Perdue (D) 4,764 votes, Riley Moore (R) 5,833 votes.
Secretary of State: Incumbent Mac Warner (R) 6,291 votes, Natalie Tennant (D) 4,486 votes.
Agriculture Commissioner: Incumbent Kent Leonhardt (R) 7,224 votes, Bob Beach (D) 3,194 votes.
House of Delegates 13th District: Scott Brewer (D) 2,424 votes, David Ray Caldwell (D) 645 votes, incumbent Joshua Kurt Higginbotham (R) 1,680 votes, Jonathan Adam Pinson (R) 3,382.
House of Delegates 14th District: Johnnie Wamsley (R) 3,831 votes, and Chris Yeager (D) 1,679.
State Senate, 4th District: Bruce Ashworth (D) 1,695 votes, Loyd Butcher (LBN) 731 votes, Amy Nichole Grady (R) 8,419 votes.
Unofficial results for presidential race:
Donald J. Trump (R) 8,422 votes, Joseph R. Biden (D) 2,511 votes, Jo Jorgensen (LBN) 149 votes, Howie Hawkins (MTN) 36 votes.
There are 18,759 total registered voters in Mason County.
Results provided by the office of Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley.
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